The evolution of these efforts and the reasons for their failure make for an intriguing lesson in American history, ideology, and character.
Other developed countries have had some form of social insurance (that later evolved into national insurance) for nearly as long as the has been trying to get it.
The services of physicians, nurses, and hospitals were included, as was sick pay, maternity benefits, and a death benefit of fifty dollars to pay for funeral expenses. Costs were to be shared between workers, employers, and the state.
The primary reason for the emergence of these programs in Europe was income stabilization and protection against the wage loss of sickness rather than payment for medical expenses, which came later.
The well-documented rise in cases of separation and divorce is lining the pockets of lawyers, and is also providing a growing market for the online dating site.
According to a reports, the majority of people in the UK are single and the online dating industry is turning over thousands.
Julian Keenaghan is the founder of one such niche site, Tastebuds, which matches up users according to their music tastes.
He believes there is still plenty of potential in the market.
Meanwhile the president of the American Federation of Labor repeatedly denounced compulsory health insurance as an unnecessary paternalistic reform that would create a system of state supervision over people’s health.